A photo essay of Protests in Broward County, Florida

Protests following the death of George Floyd have taken the United States and the rest of the world by storm. Featuring protests in all 50 U.S. states and over a dozen other countries this multinational protest is one of the largest civil rights demonstrations of all time. These photos highlight just a small part of these protests.

5/31/2020 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The first protest in Broward County began in Fort Lauderdale on May 31st, a protest now infamously known for an officer shoving a kneeling girl to the ground eliciting an aggressive response from protesters that resulted in a riot response from police and…


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Originally this article was going to highlight a recent World Health Organization action plan. That plan takes aim at global alcohol consumption and pays special attention to how alcohol affects children, minors, and pregnant women. Scrolling through the dredges of Twitter in the middle of the night I came across a particularly salacious headline, “WHO says women of childbearing age should be BANNED from drinking alcohol.”

My idea was to dive through the proposal on my own accord and then juxtapose this modern proposal with the American Prohibition. …


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H.P. Lovecraft, and reclaiming art for the better.

Before fire, the only light to stave off the darkness of night was the moon. Being a less than reliable source of sanctuary the mind wanders. Without an understanding of what is happening in the world around us, anxiety can flourish, and through that anxiety, terror can take hold.

That anxiety is exactly what the works of Howard Phillips, better known as H.P., Lovecraft tapped into. Left to its own devices, with no frame of reference, the mind can wander to places that are utterly incomprehensible, and in that, nearly instinctual. …


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How the media perpetuated the anti-vax movement

“Are you going to give five minutes to the Nazis and five minutes to the Jews?”

This was one of the first things that truly stuck out to me in Journalism school, sitting in a quiet intro journalism class, lit, badly I might add, by buzzing fluorescent bulbs. My brain was resting elsewhere until it was yanked back in by that question.

At that point in my life, I wasn’t very sure what I wanted to do, I was only in my second or third semester of college, and had no real passion to speak of, journalism was always a…


Most of us have seen a syllabus at least once in our lives. That massive stack of papers takes up a class period or two. Usually, they’re boring, mind-numbing, and uneventful. I wanted to make one a little more fun. Have at it.

Instructor: Timothy Becker, feel free to reach at thisisafakeemail@gmail.com

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Through the lens of historical, sociological, psychological, philosophical, and media-logical what can be called sad boy rap, or emo rap will be examined and understood. The type of rap that we will be discussing is still relatively new in the zeitgeist, highlighted by vulnerable lyrics and subdued…


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A few evolutionary hypotheses about the prevalence of depression today.

We as humans often hold ourselves above most other animals in the world, as if we are somehow inherently more special or more important, but the fact is that we are victims to evolution just as much as anything else. The human genus, homo, developed from the Australopithecus genus, and over a few million years came to encompass nine currently known different human species, like the Homo neanderthalensis, Homo erectus, and of course Homo sapiens.

Everyone currently alive is of the human species sapien, and for a myriad of reasons all other human species have gone extinct, usually due to…


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“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement,” wrote James Truslow Adams, an American writer that coined the phrase American Dream in his 1931 book, The Epic of America.

The idea of the American dream permeates much of American life, from the 19th-century cultural belief in Manifest Destiny to the controversial campaigns and Presidency of Donald J. Trump and his widely used slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The idea that any man or woman could make out on…


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How owls are the perfect hunters but not much else.

When you think of an owl what’s the first thing that comes to mind? A snarky Tootsie Pop bearing scholar? Maybe you think of Harry Potter and his feathered companion, Hedwig. Maybe you’re a history scholar and picture Athena’s symbol of wisdom, simply known as the owl of Athena. Whatever the image, something that remains consistent in western imagery regarding the owl is that of a guiding force of wisdom, guidance, or intelligence.

In contrast, many other cultures viewed owls in very different lights. The Romans believed that the hoot of an owl was a sign of impending death, and…


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As I currently trudge my way through the impossibly difficult but optional B-Side levels in Celeste I look back at the journey that I’ve had with the game. My death counter sits closer to 5000 than 4000 and I’ve only completed 2 of the 8 B-Sides. The interesting thing is that I relish at those numbers, I am overjoyed to have spent over 15 hours and counting working to complete a game that takes some people as few as 8 hours to beat. Whereas other ultra-difficult games like Super Meat Boy, any of the Dark Souls, the Binding of Isaac


All photos were taken by Tim Becker

The world is in an upheaval in unprecedented ways and when the world, and particularly America, needs on the ground reporters we find them stifled, attacked, and in many cases laid off or fired. We enter the third week of countrywide and international protests following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, the world continues to reel at the hands of the novel coronavirus. Currently, the United States has more than 2.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 118,000 deaths. In the U.S. …

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